Category Archives: Music

Various Artists, Spiritual Music From The Hebrides, Live At An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It could be argued that we don’t look for the mystery anymore, that we are not content with allowing the enigma of a feeling to grow inside of us and revelling in how it makes us look at the world, how it makes us connect with places, people, Time; instead we sanitise it, we take the pleasure and allow it to be broken and the magic to dissipate in the air, the spirit allowed to drift onto the next island of curiosity.

Samantha Fish, Chills & Fever. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

You have choices in life, you can take the road of responsibility and look after your heart and soul or you can give in temptation and rock the guts out of life, you can stand in the corner, a hint of vague wallflower about your persona, or should the feeling be right, be just, you can party on in the knowledge that the Universe has created such great music for you to be entranced by. If you stay in the shadows you won’t get Chills & Fever but if you come in to the light and embrace the work of Samantha Fish then that fever, those chills, will be glorious.

Roxanne de Bastion, Heart Of Stone. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Hearing a new song from Roxanne de Bastion is like holding hands with an old friend, there is so much warmth in that moment, so much energy to share between the art and the soul that it connects and fuses, the organs melding into one and finally let go as the love is embraced and jointly nodded at in appreciation of what brings to the other. To not get a tingle down the spine, to not enjoy the sensation is surely to suggest that you have a Heart of Stone.

Fabia, This House. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

This House, not one that is in the ownership of the artist, but one that perhaps is more comfortable to be within, to reside with the words and lyrical abandon, the soft soulful tearing apart of everything you know and all that could have been. In This House all is possible because it is a place where there are secrets to be spilled, images to wrestle with and the sweet song of beauty to impart. It is not any old house, it is Fabia’s house and it is one that she makes all welcome to visit.

Imaginary Creatures, The Blood Of Angels. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

You may have a guardian angel watching over you, one that makes sure you don’t do anything reckless or stupid or just plain idiotic, you may have one that even manages to make sure you succeed in all that you endeavour to pursue; how many of these Imaginary Creatures though will go all the way, how many of us would see The Blood of Angels?

Tashaki Miyaki, The Dream. Album Review.

 

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

To sleep perhaps to dream, the wish of all those who seek sanctuary within the arms of Morpheus, the landscape of the weird and the wonderful, the sway of the song in our head that can move mountains or cause enraged foaming oceans to become still and tranquil; to dream is what separates us from ourselves and if 74is good it can set up the day in the land of living to one where the oceans remain still from start to finish.

Kalandra, Beneath The Breaking Waves. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There can surely be no argument that Norwegian band Kalandra have been utterly missed in their former adopted home of Liverpool, the sound of the ethereal and the dominating unearthly beauty that resonated throughout their live performances in the city was always a huge pleasure to catch on a night when the world seemed out of kilter or when the heavens were just in the right position to make anything else in the world, for a short while, seem imaginary and not visible.

Astles, Live At The Nordic. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

A certain special venue and a spine tingling, life affirming performance always seem so intrinsically linked, that one special vibe that was captured for all time and has become imbedded into the psyche of the artist. They undoubtedly will always do a finer performance, give the audience an assured thrill but that one brief moment under the watchful heavens, in the closed vicinity of four walls, in front of an appreciative and respectful audience; that is the point, the standing ground for any future engagement.

Aimee Mann, Patient Zero. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Everybody wants to be a star, almost everybody that is and some truly have the potential or the grit to become so and yet for so many others all they truly see is the white sign above the Hollywood hills proclaiming some sort of secret message that this is their destiny, they were born to be famous.

Quinn Sullivan, Midnight Highway. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The road indeed may be long, it may be one in which the petrol gauge hovers above the empty tank signal for quite some time before finally you come to a shuddering and dramatic halt in some quiet and eerie back water. That road is not for the faint hearted, it is the one in which fables and myths arise and stories of the most unsavoury flavour feature; it is not the Midnight Highway, it is not the one that has the radio playing songs of joy and memory and the comfort of solitude or the reassurance of company along the way and the sound that covers thousands of miles just to take you back to a place you might call home.